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Democracy Now! Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Published June 29, 2010


Headlines

* Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Vows to Be Impartial
* Republicans Criticize Kagan’s Ties to Thurgood Marshall
* Sen. Leahy: Kagan Is Well Within the Legal Mainstream
* Court Strikes Down Chicago Handgun Ban
* 1,000 Protest in Toronto Against Police Crackdown During G20
* FBI Arrests 11 Alleged Russian Spies
* US Launches Major Offensive Near Afghan-Pakistan Border
* 10 Killed in US Drone Strike in Pakistan
* Bill Clinton Suggests Blowing Up BP Oil Well
* Mexican Gubernatorial Candidate Assassinated
* Ousted Honduran President Accuses US of Being Behind the 2009 Coup
* Obama Admin Outlines Plan to Expand Wireless Spectrum
* More Headlines…


Jury Convicts Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge of Lying About Torture

Decades after torture allegations were first leveled against former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, a federal jury has found him guilty of lying about torturing prisoners into making confessions. Burge has long been accused of overseeing the systematic torture of more than 100 African American men. Two years ago federal prosecutors finally brought charges against Burge—not for torture, but for lying about it. On Monday afternoon, after a five-week trial, Jon Burge was found guilty on all counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about the abuse. He could face up to forty-five years in prison.

John Pilger: There Is a War on Journalism

It’s been a week since Rolling Stone published its article on General Stanley McChrystal that eventually led to him being fired by President Obama. Since the article came out, Rolling Stone and the reporter who broke the story, Michael Hastings, have come under attack in the mainstream media for violating the so-called "ground rules" of journalism. But the investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker John Pilger says Hastings was simply doing what all true journalists need to do.

As Congo Marks 50th Anniversary of Independence, Human Rights Abuses Rise in Congo and Neighboring Rwanda

Tomorrow marks the fiftieth anniversary of Congolese independence from colonial Belgian rule. On June 30, 1960, the new prime minister of the independent Congolese government, Patrice Lumumba, declared an end to the slavery of colonialism and a new beginning for the country and the liberation of the entire continent of Africa. But today, jubilee independence celebrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo are marred by ongoing violence and increasing political repression, in particular the recent murder of Congo’s leading human rights activist Floribert Chebeya. Meanwhile, repression is on the rise in neighboring Rwanda, as well, ahead of scheduled elections this August, which incumbent president Paul Kagame is widely expected to win.


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